Oamaru Backpackers: Affordable & Stylish Hostel in Oamaru, New Zealand

The little seaside town of Oamaru, New Zealand isn’t on the main traveler trail. A lot of people would never think to stop here, but those who do are probably here to see the Victorian architecture or the penguins. Whatever your reason for visiting Oamaru, you’re going to need a place to stay. If you’re… Continue reading Oamaru Backpackers: Affordable & Stylish Hostel in Oamaru, New Zealand

New Zealand’s Hidden Gem: Karamea & the Oparara Basin

Tucked away on the very northern edge of New Zealand’s South Island is one of the best natural features of the entire country. Here you’ll find New Zealand’s Oparara Basin, a wildly beautiful complex of limestone features. The sleepy town of Karamea is the literal end of the road—you can’t go any further north on… Continue reading New Zealand’s Hidden Gem: Karamea & the Oparara Basin

Christchurch Art Gallery // Christchurch, New Zealand

Last week marked the six year anniversary of the Christchurch earthquake. In February 2011, a 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck the city, leaving massive destruction in its wake. The Christchurch Art Gallery survived the earthquake, though some damage had been done. The gallery packed away its art while nearby buildings were demolished, and the gallery itself was… Continue reading Christchurch Art Gallery // Christchurch, New Zealand

A Quick Guide to Hanmer Springs, New Zealand

Hanmer Springs is a small resort-style town in the Canterbury region of New Zealand’s South Island. Nestled into the hills, its proximity to the outdoors and its relaxed vibe draw in plenty of tourists. The whole town is like a well-groomed park, with tree-lined walkways, open outdoor spaces, and easy access to trails. While Hanmer… Continue reading A Quick Guide to Hanmer Springs, New Zealand

3 Short Walks Worth Stopping for on the Road to Karamea

When travelers talk about the “West Coast” of New Zealand, they’re usually talking about the more popular tourist destinations of Hokitika, Franz Josef, or Punakaiki. Just north of these towns are two other places that seem to be visited less frequently: Westport and Karamea. Karamea is currently one of my favorite places in all of… Continue reading 3 Short Walks Worth Stopping for on the Road to Karamea

TripInn Hostel: An Historic Home Turned Hostel in Westport, New Zealand

Westport, New Zealand is a small town. A really small town. Stepping off the bus, I felt like I was being dropped off in the middle of nowhere, left to fend for myself. Perhaps that’s a bit dramatic, seeing as Westport does have a main street with shops, a supermarket, and even a bank. It… Continue reading TripInn Hostel: An Historic Home Turned Hostel in Westport, New Zealand

Te Ananui Cave: A Glowworm Cave Tour in New Zealand

After leaving Nelson, I headed over to New Zealand’s West Coast. I was tired of cities and towns and people and seeing the same things everywhere I went. After spending a day in Abel Tasman National Park, I just wanted to continue my time outdoors. I wanted to see more of the landscapes I had… Continue reading Te Ananui Cave: A Glowworm Cave Tour in New Zealand

Queens Gardens // Nelson, NZ

The Queens Gardens in Nelson, New Zealand is a beautiful garden park and a great place for a morning or afternoon stroll. Inspired by Victorian-era ornamental gardens, Queens Gardens is filled with a variety of plants, flowers, trees, and sculptures. Within the park, you’ll find the Boer War Memorial, a lone California Redwood tree, a… Continue reading Queens Gardens // Nelson, NZ

Finding Peace of Mind in Picton

After over 3 months on the North Island of New Zealand, I finally decided to head to the country’s Southern half—the better half, in most traveler’s opinion. I originally planned to wait until spring before hopping to the South Island, hoping to avoid any severe winter weather. I hadn’t been feeling all too excited about… Continue reading Finding Peace of Mind in Picton

Hiking the Abel Tasman Coast Track: Bark Bay to Anchorage

I woke up in a dark hostel dorm well before sunrise. It was just before 6 am on a winter’s morning in Nelson, New Zealand. I snuck out of the room to change into my hiking clothes, careful not to wake any of my roommates. I grabbed my daypack and my hiking boots, and I… Continue reading Hiking the Abel Tasman Coast Track: Bark Bay to Anchorage